Former Nixon city admin indicted


Former Nixon City Administrator Manuel Zepeda was indicted by a Gonzales County grand jury last week on 11 counts of sexual assault of a minor from events that happened August 2009 and June 2011. Zepeda had been previously charged and arrested on Aug. 11, 2016 on one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of improper relationship between an educator and a student. The incidents took place while he was employed as a substitute teacher with the Nixon-Smiley Consolidated Independent School District.

Zepeda was hired as Nixon city administrator in 2014. He was placed on administrative leave without pay stemming from his arrest on Aug. 19, 2016 after a special called meeting by the Nixon city council. At Monday's regular Nixon city council meeting, council members voted unanimously to terminate Zepeda's employment once the indictments were handed down, according to City Attorney Eddie Escobar.

The offenses are three counts of sexual assault of a child, one count of sexual assault, one count of attempted sexual performance of a child, four counts of indecency with a child by contact, and two counts of indecency of a child by exposure. Of those, eight counts are a second degree felony and three counts are a third degree felony.